Updated: Mar 12, 2022
Campaigners are stepping up their fight for answers ahead of the first anniversary of the brutal murder of Cambridge student Giulio Regeni.
The Italian PhD student went missing in Cairo in January 2016, while conducting research into independent trade union activity. His mutilated body was found by a roadside on January 25, showing signs of torture and abuse.
Questions have been raised in parliament and within the EU, and several high-profile vigils have been held in Cambridge and elsewhere, including outside the Guildhall last month on international Human Rights Day.
Now another event will take place in the European Parliament, hosted by local MEP Alex Mayer.
She said: “People in Cambridge were deeply shocked by Guilio's brutal death. But this was a crime that resonated not only across Cambridgeshire, but also Italy and the whole of Europe.
"One year on we still don't know the full truth of what happened to Guilio. His family and friends deserve to know what happened.”
The event, on the anniversary of Regeni’s death, will be jointly hosted with Italian MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri at the European Parliament building in Brussels.
Mayer said, “Guilio's murder also raises wider questions about academic freedom. British researchers have long travelled the globe undertaking vital fieldwork in difficult locations where there are unstable governments or where authoritarian regimes are in power. Academics need protection for democracy to flourish."
“We need the truth and we need to send a message that academic freedom matters."
The "Truth for Giulio One Year On" event will take place on Wednesday 25th January at 2.50pm CET at the European Parliament, Bât. Altiero Spinelli, 60, rue Wiertz, Brussels B1047, Belgium.